Kenya Cup champions KCB are set to leave for a 10-day training camp in South Africa on Wednesday Sep 26, 2018 at 1500hrs local time.
Raga House has obtained the 30 players and 10 officials' names set to depart Nairobi for Cape Town on Wednesday. Skipper Curtis Lilako leads the squad that will however miss Kenya Simbas and Kenya Sevens players who are currently held up.
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Oscar Simiyu joins Lilako, George Asin, Peter Waitere, Ken Moseti and Brian Nyikuli as part of ten new players making their first trip to South Africa with KCB. Other newcomers for the trip down south include Oduor Auma, Adrian Opondo, Elly Mukaizi, Stephen Osumba and Isaac Njoroge who joined the Bankers from Kariobangi Stomers in late 2016.
Of the 30 named, 20 attended last year's camp. These are Rocky Aguko, Samuel Asati, George Gichure, Ahmed Shaban, Ian Indimuli, Nick Ongeri, Griffin Musila, Francis Mwita, Michael Wanjala, Felix Ojow, Clyne Okallo, Brian Omondi, Elphas Otieno, Essau Otieno, Vincent Onyala, Michael Wanjala, Edwin Otieno, Peter Waitere, Nelson Nyandat, Collins Wanjala and Brodieh Wanjohi.
Of the 29 players that made the 2017 trip, nine will be missing out; Marlin Mukolwe, James Kilonzo (RIP), John Bosco Ojara, Stephen Keter, Joshua Mwangi, Collins Nato, Arthur Ochieng, Nesta Afande and Michael Otieno.
Some of those that will miss the high performance camp due to national team duty include Darwin Mukidza, Peter Kilonzo, Martin Owila, Jacob Ojee, Peter Karia, Moses Amusala, Oliver Mang'eni and Davies Chenge who are all with the Kenya Simbas shaping up for a 2019 World Cup repechage in Marseille, France in November. Others out include Arthur Owira (injured) and Andrew Amonde of Kenya 7s.
The 10-day pre-season tour of South Africa will be from Wednesday 26 September to 7 October, 2018 in Cape Town. KCB confirmed last week they had been invited by Western Province.
"This follows an invitation from the Western Province Rugby Union. The team will have training sessions under the watchful eyes of Western Province Manager, High Performance training at the Western Cape Sports School Jerome Paarwater."
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Following their trip last year, KCB put their SA lessons to good use and were able to brush off a tough Impala Saracens 18-17 in November to reclaim the Impala Floodlit title tournament that they had last won in 2015.
They went on to stop a vastly improved Kabras Sugar 29-24 in March this year to retain the Kenya Cup title after 13 unbeaten games.
KCB kicks-off the 2018/19 Kenya Cup against newly promoted Menengai Oilers on Saturday November 17 at home. Nondies, Mwamba, Quins and Homeboyz will then follow in that order.
KCB Squad to South Africa 2018
1. Curtis Lilako, 2. Oscar Simiyu, 3. George Gichure 4. Oduor Auma 5. Griffin Musila 6. George Asin 7. Edwin Otieno 8. Rocky Aguko 9. Francis Mwita 10. Clayne Okallo, 11.Elly Mukaizi 12.Brian Nyikuli 13. Felix Ojow 14. Ian Indimuli 15. Peter Waitere 16. Michael Wanjala 17. Ahmed Shaban 18. Stephen Osumba 19. Ken Moseti, 20.Adrian Opondo 21. Brodie Wanjohi 22. Brian Omondi 23. Elphas Otieno 24. Essau Otieno 25. Nelson Nyandat 26. Samuel Asati 27. Collins Wanjala 28. Isaac Njoroge, 29. Nick Ongeri, 30. Vincent Onyala
1.Curtis Olago (Coach) 2.Dennis Mwanja (Assistant coach) 3. Mshia Lusoka (Assistant coach) 4. Joseph Kolli (Physio) 5. Mike Shamia (S&C) 6.Philip Wamae (Team manager) 7. James Njuguna (club official) 8. Ken Wandera (Kit manager) 9. Allan Omuka(Club official) 10. Raymond Oruo(Sports manager)